Last week, I came across an email from a community member praising Trip Chowdry, a research analyst who works for Global Equities. Trip was recently featured on CNBC in an interview discussing the IPhone and competitors in the market. Even though the segment centered on new technology, the subliminal message to viewers was much more effective – a turbaned man on the news giving his “expert” opinions to cell phone users everywhere. Ever since 9/11, Americans have seen the turban associated with the Taliban or terrorism countless times, and for me, seeing Trip Chowdry tout his phone expertise was refreshing, and helped propel a positive image for Sikhs across the country.
This is exactly what the Sikh Coalition’s education program seeks to do, but on a much larger scale. Creating awareness about Sikhs in America is one thing, but creating an appreciation for Sikhs in our schools, in our community, and in our lives is much more difficult. As the first Coalition staff member to be working on education issues, I’m excited to be involved in this groundbreaking effort for the Sikh community, and welcome my sangat’s support.
Waheguru ji ka Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh!
You can click on the picture above to see the full interview on CNBC’s website.